By Philip Atume

 

An indefinite strike has been threatened by the Senior Federal Government workers to commence on Monday September 18, if government fails to pay their outstanding salaries, arrears and allowances.

The officers, under the auspices of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, said the money government is owing them is in excess of N290 billion.

ASCSN said the Federal Government is owing them outstanding salaries, promotion arrears, first 28 days allowance on transfer from post, mandatory training allowance of 2010, repatriation allowances, burial expenses, and death benefits.

The ASCSN Secretary-General, Alade Bashir Lawal, said he is sad about Federal Government's failed promises of outstanding entitlements it made two years ago.

The association also lamented about their unpaid arrears, dated back to 2007, expressing disgust over government's refusal to pay. 

In a statement issued in Lagos, Bashir said, "It is unfortunate that Federal Government has given state governments bailouts up to three times to settle the entitlements owed their workers, but takes delight in punishing its own employees by denying them their legitimate benefits."